The 12th Klaudia Taev Competition for Opera Singers will take place on 14 – 19 September 2021 in Pärnu, Estonia.

The Competition has a unique main prize – the chance to “WIN A DREAM” performing a favorite major operatic role in the production staged especially for the winner of the Competition in 2023.

The Klaudia Taev Competition was founded in 1996 by musician and writer Toomas Kuter with the aim of capturing the memory of his teacher, the legendary song teacher of Pärnu, Klaudia Taev. By now, the Competition has grown into a large-scale international event bringing to Pärnu numerous young singers from all over the world.

Klaudia Taev was a legendary singing teacher in the small resort town of Estonia – Pärnu. She had a large number of students she mostly taught for free because she believed that everyone is able to sing and must have the opportunity to learn how to sing. Naming the international competition by her name is definitely an homage to this dedicated woman, but also a symbolic bow to all of the so-called first teachers who every singer has had and that nobody can do without.

This year marks the twelfth time that the Klaudia Taev Competition will be held, bringing to Pärnu, as it always does, numerous young singers from all over the world. The jury is made up of world-renowned opera experts: singers, teachers, conductors, representatives of opera theatres, and agencies. Barbara Hendricks, Edda Moser, Dolora Zajick, Yevgenii Nesterenko, Karan Armstrong-Friedrich, Teresa Zylis-Gara, Ileana Cotrubas, Sergei Leiferkus, Luana DeVol, Virgilijus Noreika, Alexandr Vedernikov, Irina Arkhipova are those well-known singers who have been involved in the Competition.

The presence of artistic directors and casting managers in the Jury, as well as many agencies who are invited to follow the competition, will give unique opportunities for young singers to get engagements with many European opera companies and/or opera studios.

There are masterclasses for participating singers to improve their skill by studying with renowned singers, but also different kinds of lectures where singers can get hints about how to become a successful singer.

On the photo (from left) the finalists of the previous 11th Klaudia Taev Competition (May 2019)
Vladislav Tlushch / Ukraine
Hanna Tverdova / Ukraine (the 2nd prize)
Sargis Bazhbeuk-Melikyan / Armenia (the 2nd prize)
Kamilė Balabonaitė / Lithuania (the 3rd prize)
Samuli Taskinen / Finland (the 3rd prize)
Marija Arutiunova / Lithuania



The Artistic Director of The Klaudia Taev Competition is conductor Erki Pehk.